Thursday, January 11, 2007

Remedies for morning sickness - do they really exist?

Remedies for morning sickness - do they really exist? by Barbara Eastcairn


Morning sickness and nausea are experienced by the vast majority of women during pregnancy. Traditionally, the symptoms are most severe in the mornings, and between the second and third months of pregnancy, but many women say that morning sickness can persist right through to the end of their pregnancy.

Before we look at the available remedies, it will be useful to look at the causes of morning sickness. While medical science has not reached a consensus, it is widely accepted that it is caused by a number of factors in combination. These factors include the increase of estrogen in the body during pregnancy (hormone changes), low blood sugar levels (these are at their very lowest after sleep), extreme sensitivity to smells, and the body reacting to limit the intake of foods that may be harmful to a developing embryo.

If it is of any comfort, it has been shown in various studies that pregnant women with the severest morning sickness have a lesser chance of a miscarriage, so it may be an adaptive advantage to be sick and nauseous.

There are many, many traditional remedies for morning sickness which may work for you and we will only cover the most popular here.

Remedies for morning sickness include -

1. Ginger - taken in capsules, in tea or in food (ginger biscuits) is one of the most common recommendations. You can also suck natural ginger root.

2. Dry crackers or dry toast - eaten instead of, or before breakfast. You can also snack on these during the day.

3. Lemons - taking a little lemon juice or simply smelling it.

4. Meal size reduction - instead of large meals, have smaller ones spread throughout the day. Snack if you feel even a little hungry - do not allow yourself to get very hungry then gorge food.

5. Only eating bland foods with no strong flavors or spices, no rich sauces, and no greasy foods.

6. Avoiding cigarette smoke (it goes without saying you should not be smoking yourself).

7. Taking a small snack during the night if you get up.

8. Getting outside and breathing deeply.

9. Sucking some ice or sipping some water.

10. Taking vitamin B6 (many prenatal supplements will have this).

11. Sipping warm or cold peppermint tea.

12. Lying down and not moving for a couple of minutes if you feel nausea.

If you try all these and find none of them work for you, and you are vomiting all food back up, you should see a physician - you do not want to get dehydrated or undernourished.

It may also help you to vary your diet for a week, and at the same time to keep a daily journal of exactly what you are eating. Also note down whenever you have particularly bout of nausea or vomiting. It should become obvious after a week (or less) which foods your body doesn't want.

Good luck, and morning sickness will eventually pass!

About the Author

Barbara Eastcairn writes about health issues. To see her recommended remedy for morning sickness, see Morning Sickness at Eastcairn.com.

Home Remedies For Asthma Sufferers

Home Remedies For Asthma Sufferers by Jackson Sperry


There are a number of home remedies for asthma - some more effective than others. There are many "old wives tales" that have been handed down over the years, and many of these are really not effective at all. The best home remedy for asthma is one that everyone with asthma should practice - environmental control.

By environmental control, we are talking about controlling things in your home that will help to avoid asthma attacks. Historically, asthma treatments have dealt with the symptoms of an attack, after the attack has already started. The only preventative measure that was offered for many years was "avoid exercising and getting short of breath".

Over the last several years, much more has been learned about the causes and effects of asthma and it's now realized that asthma doesn't just sit dormant waiting for a flare-up. It is more like diabetes - a chronic condition that can be affected by your lifestyle and environment.

Because certain things in your home can trigger as asthma attack, one of the primary keys to avoiding it is to control your home's environment. So forget about inhaling crushed garlic or drinking onion tea - try some of these home remedies that actually work:

1. Avoid smoking or letting anyone else smoke in your home. Cigarette smoke is one of the most common irritants that causes asthma attacks.

2. Don't burn fires in wood fireplaces or stoves - the smoke from the fire can also irritate.

3. Watch what you spray in the air. Things like air fresheners, perfumes and cleaning products can get into the lungs and trigger asthma attacks.

4. Keep your home as dust-free as possible. Dust mites are one of the most common irritants for asthma sufferers. And this doesn't just mean dusting regularly, it also means avoiding things that can cause dust to accumulate:

- Use polyester filled comforters and pillows - Wash all bedding in HOT water (130 degrees plus) weekly - Cover your mattresses and pillows with covers that are mite-proof - Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter which traps dust mites and other allergens. Many vacuum cleaners simply blow them back out after picking them up.

5. Avoid mold build-up, again one of the most common asthma triggers.

- Wipe down the bathroom and laundry room with bleach weekly - Avoid humidifiers as they can encourage mold growth - Use a fan or improve the ventilation in bathrooms to decrease moisture

About the Author

Jackson Sperry offers advice about asthma symptoms, treatments and other related topics for the Asthma Explained website. For more helpful tips and advice, visit http://www.asthmaexplained.net

Effective Home Remedies For Constipation

Effective Home Remedies For Constipation by Javier Fuller


Disturbance in your digestive tract is commonly referred to as constipation. In this disorder, there is an irregular movement of your bowels. Constipation itself is a root to many diseases and disorders. This is because it produces toxins in the blood serum and then those are carried to the other body parts. It can cause other diseases such as rheumatism, appendicitis, arthritis, cataract, high blood pressure and even cancer in some of the rarest cases.

The symptoms of constipation include irregular elimination of faecal matter that is hard in nature. The other symptoms are foul breath, coated tongue, loss of appetite, depression, nausea and dizziness. Ulcers in the mouth can also occur sometimes with varicose veins and heart burn.

The main cause of such a state of disorder is the bad lifestyle patterns that you follow, coupled with improper diet. Insufficient intake of water and excessive use of coffee and tea can also lead to this state. Drinking, irregular eating, insufficient chewing, all together makes the functioning of your bowels poor. Apart from this lack of physical activities and and irregular defecation habits with emotional stress and strain, also lead to constipation.

But you can always cure constipation. If the medicines are doing nothing good to you, then you have the option of home remedial treatments. They are:

1.Pear: It is an effective fruit for the treatment of constipation. Making it a part of your regular diet, can help you a lot.

2.Grapes: Since ages, grapes have proved to be a very effective natural remedy to cure constipation. Grapes contains sugar, cellulose and various organic acids that make them an ideal constipation healer. Besides cleaning your stomach, they also tone up the tissues of your stomach and the intestines.

3.Bael Fruit: It is regarded as the best fruit in curing this disorder. It cleans and tones up your intestinal space.

4.Guava: Guava provides you roughage that is very essential for the proper digestion of food. Roughage helps in the normal evacuation of your bowels.

5.Spinach: Spinach is the most vital food for your entire digestive system. The organic elements that are present in spinach cleanse, reconstruct and help the regeneration of the worn out tissues of your intestinal tract.

A simple diet surely helps you to keep away from constipation as it clears your stomach. A simple diet is one that consists of unrefined foods, like honey, bran, wholegrain cereals, lentils, fruits, green leafy vegetables and various milk products.

Apart from them there are also other home remedies that help in treating constipation. For instance, a glass of hot lime water, with added salt is very effective. It is also said that taking an overnight kept water in a copper container helps you considerably in this direction. Linseed is a useful product as it provides both roughage and lubrication to the stomach.

To read more articles on home remedies, home remedies for commen ailments and home remedies for other problems visit http://www.newhomeremedies.com/

About the Author

The auther writes articles on different topics. To get more home remedies articles visit http://www.newhomeremedies.com/

Home Remedies for Wart Removal

Home Remedies for Wart Removal by Alyssa Green


As we all know warts are not only embarrassing but a real eye sore. Thankfully there are many ways that one can remove them safely and naturally using simple Home remedies. When it comes to wart removal more and more people are taking the decision to remove their own warts. According to the British Journal of medicine they found no clear or concise evidence that any of the medical treatments available today have a higher cure rate than natural home remedies or folk remedies or fewer side effects for that matter.

Using Duct Tape is one of the most effective and popular wart removal methods and was reported in the Archives of pediatrics & Adolescent medicine the October 2002 issue. The method is as follows: One cuts a small piece of duct tape just big enough to cover the wart. You then leave it on for five or six days. During this time if the original piece of duct tape falls off just replace with a new one immediately. At the end of the 5 or 6 days remove the tape and soak wart in water, then gently rub the wart with a pumice stone. Leave tape off overnight then reapply the next day. Repeat the complete process until the wart is gone. This method should not take longer than 2 months.

Essential oil of tea tree is a powerful antiseptic which kills most bacteria and thus is an extremely potent method of wart removal. This method is also very popular due to its very high rate of success. Just apply essential tea tree oil directly on the wart daily until it disappears. This method should not take to many applications due to its effectiveness.

The taking of Echinacea pills will assists the healing of mild skin infections thus also making it a great help for warts. Take one or two pills a day as prescribed on the bottle. Echinacea was highly used by Native American Indians as a universal remedy for just about everything. By the early 1900's it was the most popular herb in medical practice in the USA. Echinacea is still one of the most prescribed herbal products worldwide.

Other common and popular methods of Home Remedies for Wart Removal include applying a single drop of essential lemon oil directly on the wart itself. Repeat as necessary until wart is gone.

Aloe has been used for hundreds of years apparently for wart removal. One can use it in either plant form which I feel is more potent or in cream form. Apply on wart until it's gone. Aloe will of course also speed up the healing process.

Rubbing a banana peel on your wart for a few weeks as well is supposed to be a big help. One should rub the banana peel multiple times during the course of the day for maximum effectiveness.

In conclusion I would like to add that In addition to being a low-cost way to have your warts removed, another advantage to using home remedies is the privacy you will get. Home remedies are usually carried out at home. This means that you should be able to do them on your own, without assistance from anyone else, including a healthcare professional (which will save you a lot of money) This means that if you are embarrassed about your warts, you may prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home; the use of a home remedy will allow you to do just that.

About the Author

About The Author: Alyssa Green is an active practitioner of natural medicine.For a Free! Course on "The Five Big Myths Of Removing Warts Click Here Did you find these tips useful? Learn How to Eliminate most - if not ALL of your moles, warts, and skin tags in as little as 3 days

Are there any natural remedies for arthritis?

Are there any natural remedies for arthritis? by Foras Aje


Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms that are associated with a large grouping of health conditions oft times diagnosed as Arthritis.

The various types of sub-categories to this general ailment include but are not limited to:

1. Osteoarthritis

2. Rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune involvement)

3. Gout

4. Psoriatic arthritis

Of all of these main ones, the most prevalent and debilitating form is the rheumatoid arthritis(RA) which affects 3 million people in the U.S. alone. Moreover the other common form of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) afflicts an additional 16 million diagnosed cases.

These factors considered, it is safe to say that there is little need to be surprised that the search for relief via conventional or alternative medicine for treatment of arthritis is a constant struggle for the affected.

Do they stand a chance at finding one?

Well, research has indicated that certain forms of herbs that could be types of an alternative medicine for treatment of arthritis could include:

1. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and

3. Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Each of these natural herbs have been reported as being able to assist the organs of detoxification and elimination (liver, bowels, kidneys, skin, lungs, and connective tissue), by removing toxic substances such as environmental toxins as well as those generated internally (endobiotic toxins).

Other herbs that could help with Arthritis include:

-Barberry root

-Citrus Seed Extract

-Black Walnut Hulls

-Oregano Leaf Oil

-Menthol

-Capsiacin

-Camphor

-Wintergreen

These herbs have proven to be helpful for both poor circulation and even pain.

But folks, it doesn't just end with herbs.

As far as finding alternative remedies for arthritis, another standout will be the incomparable Yoga.

You see, yoga poses can help strengthen your joints which is crucial in preventing and dealing with this bone and joint disorder and the use of alternative remedies for dealing with arthritis.

This whole process will be all the more enhanced by also seeing to it that you strive to adhere to yoga's recommended diet that co-incidentally being the mucus-less diet as endorsed in the drug-free fraternity.

This diet consists mainly Raw Fruits, Fruit, Leafy and Root Vegetables and Some Less Harmful Whole Grains all the while being sure to adhere to simple rules such as proper food combining and eating at the right times.

So, if you are seeking an alternative remedy for dealing with your arthritis, why not give these pointers above a try.

They definitely can't hurt with and could possibly help a whole lot.

Aje

About the Author

Foras Aje is an independent researcher and co-founder of BodyHealthSoul LLC. Stop by His Anti-Aging Solutions Blog today for more information on alternative medicine for treatment of arthritis

Natural Remedies For Anxiety DO Exist

Natural Remedies For Anxiety DO Exist by Victor C.


Do you suffer anxiety disorder? What can you do? Are there real natural remedies for anxiety? Where to start? If you've been asking yourself these kinds of questions, keep reading.

When you have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder (hopefully by a qualified medical expert), one of the first things he'll probably tell you is some statistics demonstrating that this is a common mental disorder that thousands and thousands of people suffer from. They will probably tell you that you don't have to be ashamed for being diagnosed anxiety disorder. Maybe, they have been treated many patients with some treatments successfully, however you might want to study those treatments and investigate some others to see what's available out there.

Just go to your closest library or simply surf the internet and you'll find a great deal of information available on this subject. You could take some notes of what you find out. By doing this, many questions will come out and when you visit your doctor, he should be able to answer them. You'll learn a lot about the different treatments available and how they work. This is very important because some treatments might need you to take some kind of drugs and the possible side effects could affect your life badly.

There are some traditional medical treatments that work well. These treatments use a combination of medications and psychotherapy. However, as we mentioned earlier, some medications give you some side effects that you must pay attention to. That's why it's very important to consult your doctor.

But, you can also find several alternative treatments which have proved their effectiveness for many years. Have you ever heard of Acupuncture and Ayurveda? These are far eastern methods that balance your anxiety and panic symptoms with your natural energy. These methods are based on the use of oils, herbs and needles. Many people have reported great results comparing to traditional medical treatments reporting great relief where the traditional medicine failed.

Other equally effective methods include Yoga, martial arts, weightlifting, dance therapy and others. The base of their effectiveness is the fact that these activities increase the amount of Serotonin and other beneficial compounds in your body which reduce the symptoms of anxiety and/or panic. The top benefit of these methods is that they don't carry side effects, which is always a good thing.

Regardless of the treatment you decided to follow, it's very important to keep your doctor informed of what you're doing because it's always good to have a professional supervising your health condition.

About the Author

Victor C. is an Engineer in Computer Systems who loves to read and write about any subject, as long as it's interesting and useful for the reader.

Read about one of the best sources of information he's found online by going to: http://www.the-best-on-line.com/panic/solution.html

Natural Remedies For Anxiety

Natural Headache Remedies To Ease Your Pain

Natural Headache Remedies To Ease Your Pain by Helen Williamson


Migraine headache pain can be excruciating and even with the abundance of drug related headache cures, more and more sufferers are seeking natural headache remedies and more effective migraine headache treatments and prevention.

Having been involved in training Aromatherapists and Reflexology Practitioners over many years at and also running the Scottish Group of the Guild of Complementary Practitioners, I have become very aware of the power of what many people term Alternative Medicine. (I prefer "complementary")

However, the medical profession in general tend to ignore the natural remedies that have proved effective over thousands of years and they persist in poisoning our systems with Drug Therapy, which often exacerbates many conditions or in fact triggers other conditions and at the very least creates nasty side effects.

So it's entirely understandable that people are turning away from traditional allopathic medicine and seeking "Alternative" forms of headache pain relief and information of natural headache remedies and prevention methods.

It's incredible that our highly trained medical professionals lean towards the modern drug therapy (toxic chemicals) and completely ignore the more natural and effective remedies that have been tried and tested over many thousands of years.

Many common and annoying ailments can be alleviated and often prevented by the use of these natural products.

For example, probably the most common type of headache is caused by tension or stress and a build up of toxins in the brain, and is generally treated with "over-the-counter" drugs from the pharmacy, like Paracetomol or Nurofen or similar pain killers, which can cause stomach problems and as mention, often cause further problems due to a build up of toxins in the body.

Our modern day lifestyle tends to be very stressful and so the stress / tension headache is extremely prevalent in modern society. Wouldn't it therefore be more sensible to alleviate the stress and thus prevent the headache pain, which in turn then does away with the need for pain killers.

Let's just take a look a few simple ideas for relieving stress and general tension...

One of the simplest and best ways of easing stress and tension and also eliminating toxins from the body is to simply "Breathe" properly.

Every breath we take fills our lungs with oxygen, which is then carried by the haemoglobin in the red blood cells to every cell in the body. Every cell must receive this life-giving oxygen to remain alive and healthy and so you can see how very important proper breathing is for maintaining health in general and not just for relieving stress and eliminating toxins.

Of course, it is essential that the air we breathe is as fresh and pure as possible, which can be difficult in the highly polluted atmosphere of our inner cities and once again if we constantly breathe in toxic and polluted air we can actually bring on toxic headache pain. So first make sure that you breathe in "fresh air".

Try this simple breathing exercise... Simply sit in a relaxed position, preferably with the eyes closed and take a deep breath, drawing the air deep into the lungs as if trying to fill the stomach. Hold the breath for a count of four and imagine the oxygen flowing through your body and filling every cell with clean, fresh life-giving energy.

Next breathe out slowly through your mouth imagining your whole body relaxing as if deflating as the toxins pour out. Just picture every cell in your body releasing all the toxins and impurities that cause the problems and exchanging them for that oxygen and feel the tension just flow from you whole body.

Pause for a few seconds and repeat the process, each time trying to fill the lungs even more. Hold the breath for four or five seconds once again and then slowly allow the body to relax as you breathe out all the toxins that are causing the problem. Repeat this breathing exercise at least ten times and you'll find that you are much more relaxed and less tense.

This simple exercise is very powerful and not only helps you relax and get rid of any stress and tension, but also rids the brain of the toxins, which can be the chief cause of common headache pain.

I hope this brings some relief without having to reach for the usual drugs.

However, for more severe headache pain there are numerous natural remedies that have been used with great effect for thousands of years and I'll try to bring you some tried and tested pain relief methods in future articles.

About the Author

Visit Helen Williamson's Health & Wellness Website for Natural Health Remedies and Get more articles and advice at our Natural Headache Cures Blog for headache pain relief information.

An Easy Natural Home Remedy for Sore Throat

An Easy Natural Home Remedy for Sore Throat by Miles Tyler


At some time or other we all suffer from the nastiness of waking up with a sore, scratchy throat. The following is a cure that I came up with six years ago and it never fails to work for me. I try to do this as soon as I feel a sore throat coming on. It not only alleviates the pain but it actually cures the throat by killing the infection before it gets worse. The secret is in the key active ingedrient, tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic that is good thing to have on hand. Now on to the cure.

What you will need:

An 8 ounce glass.

A spoon.

Very warm but not completely hot water.

3 teaspoons of sea salt.

1-3 drops of tea tree oil.

First you need an 8 ounce glass of fairly warm water, not very hot but hotter than luke warm. Do not fill it to the top. Fill it a little over three quarters of the way full.

Next Your Stir in 3 teaspoons of sea salt until it dissolves.

Then you add 1 to 3 drops of tea tree oil. You will want to add more or less depending on how badly your throat is hurting. No less than one and no more than three drops. Do NOT over do this. Tea tree oil is very potent. Remember that only a little is necessary for the antiseptic effect to work properly. After it is mixed gargle vigorously but do NOT swallow as tea tree oil is not to be taken internally. This is another reason why you want to only use the smallest amount necessary. Continue to gargle and spit until the glass is empty. Repeat every four to six hours if necessary.

About the Author

The effectiveness of natural remedies never ceases to fascinate me. Today there are thousands of resources for natural healing and home based remedies. If you would like to learn more wonderful natural healing remedies then I suggest you try this website.

Cold Sore Remedy To Help Prevent An Outbreak

Cold Sore Remedy To Help Prevent An Outbreak by Terry Edwards


How many times have you felt that tingling feeling on the side of your lip, and knew what was coming? That's right, another cold sore is forming.

So, you wait for the sore to turn red and start to puff out and then water fills it out even more. Yikes, what a miserable feeling. Yet for those who suffer from the herpes simplex virus, that is reality.

While the herpes simplex virus stays dormant most of the time, there will always be those times when a breakout occurs. So, what can you do? Is there a cold sore remedy that will help? Here's a look at some of the more popular ones:

Zinc - Several studies have shown that a water-based zinc solution will speed up the healing time of cold sores. Zinc gluconate is available at most any health store.

Toothbrush - That's right, your tooth brush can play a role with cold sores. When you first get a cold sore, replace your toothbrush. When the sore is gone, replace your tooth brush again.

Keep the sun off - All doctors agree that avoiding exposure to the sun for long periods of time will help prevent cold sores.

Lysine - Studies have been ongoing that tend to show lysine supplements reduce the numbers of cold sore outbreaks. By adding 2,000 mg of lysine to your daily diet could dramatically help in lowering your risk.

Stress - The number one reason for cold sores is stress. If you'll reduce the stress in your everyday life, you'll also reduce the number of cold sore outbreaks.

These are just a few cold sore remedy tips that may provide some relief in getting these nasty sores from forming.

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About the Author

Do you suffer from cold sores? You can find out much more about a Cold Sore Remedy To Help Prevent An Outbreak as well as more information about cold sores at http://www.AllAboutColdSores.com